From stock image model to Marvel‘s newest superhero, Simu Liu sure has come a long way.
Simu Liu, star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, threw it back to his past career stint as a stock image model in celebrating his new film’s success at the box office.
Sharing an image of himself posing with two other models around a computer, the actor tweeted, “Me laughing at the people who thought we’d flop.”
Me laughing at the people who thought we’d flop pic.twitter.com/7UoLqRXlCJ
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) September 6, 2021
“I did ONE stock photo shoot for 100 bucks cash in 2014… and I have ended up on HUNDREDS of ads and storefronts and pamphlets and textbook covers,” the star of Kim’s Convenience once wrote on an Instagram Story.
“Moral of the story; Think twice before doing a stock photo shoot because they own the photos FOREVER.”
The devil works fast, but netizens work faster. Here’s just some of the memes that popped up on the timeline:
— Asian 47 (@michaelphigham) September 5, 2021
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) September 7, 2021
— Marvel WhatNow? (@MarvelWhatNow) September 7, 2021
— TASK the Ol’ Nerdy Bastard #BLM #StopAsianHate (@UpToTASK) September 7, 2021
Liu also responded to critics of the film in an update to his Instagram Story. On top of screenshots from various YouTube videos predicting a big fat failure at the box office for Shang-Chi, Liu wrote the letters, “LOL.”
Liu had been vocal on social media after comments from Disney CEO Bob Chapek made the rounds in which he referred to Shang-Chi’s release plan as “an interesting experiment for us.” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige later clarified to The Hollywood Reporter that “it was not the intention. The proof is in the movie and we swing for the fences as we always do. With the amount of creative energy we put in and the budget, there’s no expense spared to bring this origin story to the screen.”
“We are not an experiment,” Liu wrote on Twitter after hearing of Chapek’s remarks.
We are not an experiment.
We are the underdog; the underestimated. We are the ceiling-breakers. We are the celebration of culture and joy that will persevere after an embattled year.
We are the surprise.
I’m fired the f**k up to make history on September 3rd; JOIN US. pic.twitter.com/IcyFzh0KIb
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) August 14, 2021
You heard the man, catch Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in theatres!